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Development Du Jour: Dafina

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Location: 2130 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, at West 127th Street
Size: 46 studio to three-bedroom co-op units
Prices: $314,000 to $956,072
Architect: GF55 Partners
Developer: Cogswell Realty Group
Sales & Marketing: Griffin Real Estate Group

For our second-straight Harlem DDJ, we head west, and this one comes at an interesting time for the neighborhood, with anti-gentrification rhetoric heating up. The marketing materials refer to Dafina as "something of value," and value is exactly what this boutique co-op is shooting for. Prices average out near $600/sqft, and the most expensive unit?which doesn't even crack $1 million— has three bedrooms and a 338-square-foot terrace. Dafina is aimed at first-time buyers looking to trade up from the rental lifestyle, and it's certainly Luxury 101: sleek kitchens, Carrera marble baths, Brazilian cherry wood flooring, concierge, refrigerated lobby storage, roof deck, tenants' lounge, gym, etc. There's also a parking garage available, because given current neighborhood attitudes, you might not want to leave your Vespa on the street. The on-site sales center is open, and occupancy is expected in December 2008.